LANSING — An updated and expanded version of the School Aid budget passed the House yesterday after House Democrats fought to see key changes made reflecting the priorities of everyday Michiganders, including an increase to special education funding and an increase in flexibility in the use of “at-risk” funds. In response, state Rep. Kevin Coleman (D-Westland) issued the following statement:


“Let’s be clear: this is not the budget I would have written if it were up to me, but this is a compromise that is a first step towards re-investing in our schools. We increased the per-pupil amount all schools receive as well as new funding for literacy coaches and special education. And none of these increases came at the cost of teacher pensions. As we move forward, I remain committed to ensuring that our students and teachers have all the resources and support they need.”